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Inverclyde Business News Round-Up 24/06/19

Above: Greenock's new £20million health and care centre is taking shape on the site of the former Wellington Academy (Photo Credit: Inverclyde Now)


Work Underway On New Greenock Health Centre

Greenock’s new £20million health and care centre is taking shape on the site of the former Wellington Academy. The building is due to be completed by September 2020 and will replace a number of facilities.

Source: Inverclyde Now - 20 June 2019


The Best Businesses In Inverclyde Honoured At This Year's Bee's Knees Awards

There was a buzz in the air as the best businesses in Inverclyde were honoured at this year's Bee's Knees awards. The creme-de-la-creme of local companies gathered at the marquee at the Chartroom at Kip Marina for the 16th annual gala dinner and awards ceremony arranged by Inverclyde Chamber of Commerce.

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 22 June 2019


Pedal Power At Inverkip Community Hub As a New £15,000-plus Cycling Initiative Is Launched

Pedal power is hitting top gear at Inverkip Community Hub as a new £15,000-plus cycling initiative is launched. The Kip Cycle project has been rolled out to encourage people of all abilities to discover the physical, mental and social benefits of cycling. 

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 23 June 2019


Above: A £2.3 Million Fundraising Drive is underway to Save The Waverley (Photo Credit: Greenock Telegraph)


£2.3 Million Fundraising Drive To Save The Waverley

Waverley wellwishers have set sail on the most important voyage of the world famous paddle steamer's life — a £2.3 million fundraising drive to save her. Throngs of supporters gathered to launch an appeal to pay for what has been described as the maritime equivalent of open heart surgery on the laid up 73-year-old icon.

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 19 June 2019


Planners Sink Housing Bid For Former Shipyard Site In Port Glasgow

A second attempt to get approval for housing on an empty piece of ground beside the Clyde at Kingston, Port Glasgow has failed. Briar Homes wanted planning permission in principle for residential development on former shipyard land off Lithgow Way, near the playpark.

Source: Inverclyde Now - 21 June 2019


Ri Head Of Business Appointed Chair of Developing the Young Workforce West Region

Developing the Young Workforce West (DYW) regional group has appointed Andrew Bowman as its new Chairperson. Mr Bowman, who joined the DYW West Board of Directors in January 2019, will take up his role of Chair immediately replacing former Chair, SSE’s Head of Performance Victor Stirling.

Source: Riverside Inverclyde - 19 June 2019


Above: The Falls of Clyde was built in Port Glasgow in 1878 but is now languishing in Honolulu Harbour (Photo Credit: The Herald)


Falls Of Clyde Is Languishing In Honolulu Harbour

Time is running out for a historic Clyde-built windjammer trapped in Honolulu Harbour. The Falls of Clyde was built in Port Glasgow in 1878 but is now languishing abroad and being stripped of supplies with fears she is facing dismantlement.

Source: The Herald - 16 June 2019


Arrival At Greenock's Oak Mall

 A large UK retailer has signed a deal to move into Greenock's Oak Mall - with more interested parties also waiting in the wings. Gifts and stationery chain The Works is set for a move into the shopping centre imminently. 

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 21 June 2019


Audit Scotland Report Published On Ferry Services Has Been Slammed As A Public Failure

An Audit Scotland report published prior to a decision by transport chiefs to keep heavily criticised boats on the Gourock -Dunoon route has been slammed as a public failure. The scrutiny body quoted figures of up to £30 million per vessel to replace the foot passenger-only craft currently operating on the crossing.

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 21 June 2019


Above: The team from Golden Casket in Greenock with the newly installed Millions inspired Oor Wullie statue


Golden Caskets 'Millions' Inspired Oor Wullie Sculpture Unveiled In Glasgow

Golden Casket is celebrating the launch of its Oor Wullie statue in Argyll Street in Glasgow, one of 200 that have been placed around Scotland for the newest ARCHIE foundation trail. The Millions themed sculpture has been placed outside of the Debenhams store on Argyll Street in Glasgow, with its design provided by the artist, Lissie Hollis.  

Source: Taste Inverclyde - 19 June 2019


Film-maker Celebrating Being Shortlisted For Best Short Film For 'Catman's Greenock'

A Film-maker is in the frame for an honour at the Edinburgh International Film Festival for his production based on mysterious Greenock character Catman. James Kearnie Beaton, 46, is celebrating being shortlisted for best short film for 'Catman's Greenock'.

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 20 June 2019


Construction Starts On Flats Development At Old School Site

Work has started on a development of flats on the site of the former Highlanders' Academy in Greenock. Housing association Sanctuary Group is building 44 flats on the land at the corner of Mount Pleasant Street. 

Source: Inverclyde Now - 20 June 2019



Above: 1000 people attended the Gourock Garden Party in the glorious sunshine (Photo Credit: Greenock Telegraph)


Sun Shines On The Gourock Garden Party

The sun shone on Gourock Garden Party and brought out 1,000 people to the community get-together. There was a wide variety of stalls in the walled garden, face painting, a visit from Owl Magic and a wood turning demonstration.

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 20 June 2019


Local Ballet School Marks 10 Years Of Classical Ballet In Inverclyde

Elite Academy of Dance is celebrating its tenth anniversary with sell-out shows over the weekend. Founded in 2009, Inverclyde’s only dedicated Royal Academy of Dance school of classical ballet caters for students from age two through to those in their 80s. 

Source: Inverclyde Now - 20 June 2019


River Clyde Homes Takes Pledge To Support Victims Of Domestic Abuse

River Clyde Homes has signed up to the Chartered Institute of Housing’s 'Make a Stand' pledge, to support people in our community who experience domestic abuse joining more than 300 housing organisations who have signed up to the campaign.

Source: River Clyde Homes - 17 June 2019



Above: Greenock's Aulds Bakery have triumphed at a major competition (Photo Credit: Greenock Telegraph)


Greenock Bakery's Sweet Treat Triumphs At Major Competition

Aulds' melt in the mouth biscuit with a jammy centre and chocolate icing topped with fudge, Maltesers and Flake tantalised tastebuds at the Scottish Baker of the Year product judging day. After a Scotland-wide vote and a Masterchef-style taste test, expert judges gave the biscuit a fantastic regional silver award 

Source: Taste Inverclyde - 22 June 2019


Planners To Decide If Beauty Salon Can Keep Operating In Greenock West End Garden

A Greenock beauty therapist wants permission from planners to continue using an upgraded outhouse at her B-listed West End property as a treatment room. Ainsley Williamson, who ran the successful Bliss Beauty salon in Gourock with her sister, has applied for a change-of-use for the premises at a villa fronting Eldon Street and The Esplanade in Greenock. 

Source: Inverclyde Now - 19 June 2019


Young Musicians' Achievements Celebrated At Awards Night

Talented young musicians from Inverclyde and beyond hit the right note at Riverside Youth Band’s third annual awards night. Band members were joined by parents and supporters for the presentation in St John’s Church hall, Port Glasgow, before dancing the night away to local function band Flung Aboot. 

Source: Inverclyde Now - 22 June 2019


Above: Popular Greenock Town Centre Cafe Browns has closed for good (Photo Credit: Greenock Telegraph)


Popular Greenock Town Centre Cafe Closes

Browns in Nicholson Street had been up for sale for over a year, but suddenly closed its doors on Friday. A sign was put outside the cafe thanking people for their custom.

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 17 June 2019


Young Adults With Autism Give The Thumbs Up To A New Software Training Scotland Skills Course

Young adults with autism have given the thumbs up to a new skills course in Port Glasgow. Building websites, using educational maths and spelling apps and blogging are just some of the valuable lessons the young people have enjoyed as part of an innovative digital project running at Parklea Branching Out. 

Source: Riverside Inverclyde - 21 June 2019


Specsavers Bubble Rush Effort Benefits Greenock Hospice

A tean from Greenock opticians Specsavers braved a sea of bubbles to complete a five-kilometre fun run in aid of Ardgowan Hospice. They raised nearly £200 by taking part in the event at Bellahouston Park in Glasgow. 

Source: Inverclyde Now - 21 June 2019


Inverclyde Business News Round-Up 17/06/2019

PG Paper Boss Named Scotland’s Top Entrepreneur and 19 others...

Source: Riverside Inverclyde - 17 June 2019



Food Market At Kip Marina - Sunday 30th June 11am-4pm

Kip Marina, Inverkip holds its next Scottish Food Market on Sunday (30 June) from 11am to 4pm featuring high quality Scottish food and drink products. Admission is free.


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Published: 24 June 2019